20-year-old Gracie Jeppsen has been getting treatment at St. Jude since April. Her brain cancer diagnosis is a difficult one, but she’s fighting with all her strength with the love of her life by her side.
As case numbers decline and states reopen, the potential final stage in the U.S. campaign to vanquish COVID-19 is turning into a slog, with a worrisome variant gaining a bigger foothold and lotteries and other prizes failing to persuade many Americans to get vaccinated.
The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll stands at about 3.8 million.
The city of Kennett held a deed signing ceremony on Friday where they purchased the land that housed the city’s only hospital that closed in 2018. Residents say this is the first step to reviving healthcare in the area.